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From the Director: End of 2019 Edition

As I sit here and prepare myself to write this end of the year blog post, I find it hard to believe that a whole year has actually gone by; 2019 was a whirlwind of a year for us at Main Street Arts!

Installation shot from our residency alumni exhibition in April, featuring 43 former artists in residence

Installation shot from our residency alumni exhibition in April, featuring 43 former artists in residence

In our first full year as a 501(c)(3) non profit arts organization, we have been humbled and encouraged by the support of so many of you through our fundraising efforts. Your contributions help us to keep offering a variety of arts programming to our immediate community, our region, and beyond. Through our first Artist at the Table event and Residency Alumni Exhibition in April, we raised enough funds to start offering financial support to artists in residence. Starting in January 2020, we will be able to fully fund one resident per quarter and offer partial funding to accepted artists in residence in need. We welcomed 22 artists in residence in 2019 from 13 different states and 1 Canadian province. This is the most artists we’ve had come through the program in a single year!

Bill Stewart on the night of his opening reception for "Eccentric Energy"

Bill Stewart on the night of his opening reception for “Eccentric Energy”

"Perception of Time" included artwork by Carol Acquilano, Jim Garmhausen, Sue Leopard, Richard Margolis, Nick Marshall, Nancy Wiley, and Beckett Wood

“Perception of Time” included artwork by Carol Acquilano, Jim Garmhausen, Sue Leopard, Richard Margolis, Nick Marshall, Nancy Wiley, and Beckett Wood

2019 was also a great year for exhibitions at Main Street Arts.  From group exhibitions like Perception of Time, which explored our relationship to the concept of time; to solo exhibitions like Eccentric Energy, which highlighted the career of well-known Rochester sculptor Bill Stewart. We had a total of 16 exhibitions in 2019, 8 on the main floor and 8 in our second floor gallery space.

Sprawling Visions, January 11–February 14, 2020 — Reception: Saturday, January 18, 4–7 p.m.

Sprawling Visions runs Jan. 11–Feb. 14, 2020 — Reception: Saturday, Jan. 18, 4–7 p.m.

While I may be biased in saying this, 2020 is full of great exhibition programming as well. Starting off the year is Sprawling Visions, a 26 artist invitational of paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture and photographs by artists from our region and beyond. Over the past 3 years of having our open call for work, many artist’s submissions have gone unanswered. I would consult the list to find artists for exhibitions we were planning and if there was a fit, I made contact. If not, the submission stayed active. This exhibition is an effort to answer that call and moving forward, all submissions to the open call will be answered twice per year. This exhibition will take place on both floors of the gallery.

Sneak peek at a painting that will be included in "Painters Painting Painters" by Rochester artist, Brian O'Neill.

Sneak peek at a painting that will be included in “Painters Painting Painters” by Rochester artist, Brian O’Neill.

In February, we’ll have another large group invitational on both floors with Painters Painting Painters. The exhibition consists of 22 artists from the Finger Lakes, Rochester, and Buffalo areas.  Each artist was tasked with making a painting of another artist in the exhibition and the result is a unique look at the variety of figurative painting being done by artists in our region. Additional work by each artist will also be shown, keep an eye out for the full list of artists to be announced soon!

Installation shot from "Silent Voices…Silent Rooms", Robert's solo exhibition in February of 2019

Installation shot from “Silent Voices…Silent Rooms”, Robert’s solo exhibition in February, 2019

We will also be adding a ninth exhibition to the main floor exhibition calendar in 2020. In December, we will have a special solo exhibition of new work by Robert Ernst Marx, which celebrates his 95th birthday!

ASAE students in grades 1–3 discuss ceramics as they look at this year's "The Cup, The Mug" exhibition

ASAE students in grades 1–3 discuss ceramics with instructor Pam Viggiani as they look at this year’s “The Cup, The Mug” exhibition

ASAE students in grades 4–6 show off artwork they made, inspired by Sylvia Taylor's "Pink Cloud" installation.

ASAE students in grades 4–6 show off artwork they made, inspired by Sylvia Taylor’s “Pink Cloud” installation.

The After School Art Experience at Main Street Arts has grown in it’s second year, as we now have two different sections, one for kids in grades 1–3 and another for kids in 4–6. We hit the ground running at the start of the 2019-2020 school year with twice the amount of students in each 4-week session over last year. So far, the students have discussed and made artwork based on a solo exhibition by Sylvia Taylor and they have seen artwork from around the country by a total of 156 artists in our Small Works and The Cup, The Mug exhibitions. This unique program  gives kids the opportunity to thoughtfully engage with the artwork in our exhibitions. They learn about the artists, their ideas and processes, and they make artwork based on what they are learning. We are proud of the program and thank instructor Pam Viggiani for cultivating a deeper appreciation for art in the kids in the program each week.

Mixed media leaf composition project at the Canandaigua VA

Mixed media leaf composition project at the Canandaigua VA

Weekly art classes at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center have been taught by gallery assistant and artist, Maria Galens. She has been doing weekly art sessions with the veterans consistently since February and will be continuing on into 2020. While we have been providing art workshops at the VA since 2014, this is the longest consecutive stretch of classes taught and we are thrilled to be there!

Assistant director, Sarah Butler and literary arts coordinator, Rachel Crawford at Sulfur Books on the first day of being open, Small Business Saturday

Assistant director, Sarah Butler and literary arts coordinator, Rachel Crawford at Sulfur Books on the first day of being open, Small Business Saturday

We hope that by now, you have all heard about the latest addition to Main Street Arts. We now own a bookstore on Main Street in Clifton Springs! Sulfur Books opened at 18 East Main Street on Saturday, November 30th and we couldn’t be happier. Sarah Butler, assistant director, Rachel Crawford, our new literary arts coordinator, and myself spent the month of November tirelessly renovating the storefront. In just 32 days, we moved the entire inventory of Explore! The Bookstore—which MSA board vice president Anne Mancilla gifted to us—built-out, painted, restocked, and rebranded the store.

Top left: Explore! The Bookstore prior to renovation; Top right: The bookstore during renovation; Bottom: Sulfur Books

Top left: Explore! The Bookstore prior to renovation; Top right: The bookstore during renovation; Bottom: Sulfur Books

Rochester-based author, Brian Wood reading from his new book, Joytime Killbox at the Sulfur Books grand opening event

Rochester-based author, Brian Wood reading from his new book, Joytime Killbox at the Sulfur Books grand opening event

The existence of Sulfur Books is the reason that we are now launching literary arts programming and we have many exciting programs and events to be announced. Be sure to follow Sulfur Books on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We will be launching the full website soon. Stay tuned!

The Main Street Arts crew: (left to right) Sarah Butler, assistant director; Maria Galens, gallery assistant; Rachel Crawford, literary arts coordinator; and Bradley Butler, executive director and curator.

The Main Street Arts crew: (left to right) Sarah Butler, assistant director; Maria Galens, gallery assistant; Rachel Crawford, literary arts coordinator; and Bradley Butler, executive director and curator.

From the bottom of my heart and on behalf of all of us at Main Street Arts, I would like to thank everyone who came to see an exhibition, attended an event, took a workshop or joined us for a residency. If you are interested in making a year-end contribution to Main Street Arts, you may do so on our website: MainStreetArtsCS.org/support. A donation of any amount will help to support our unique programming and keep us growing into the future. We look forward to seeing you in 2020!

2015 Workshops

Call or email the gallery for more info and to reserve your spot in our workshops, camps, and drawing sessions.

April

Drawing with Coffee
Saturday, April 18, 2015  |  10 a.m.–12 p.m.
$15/person (includes materials and pastries)
Drawing with a variety of materials, including coffee, while enjoying coffee and sweets. This monthly workshop will focus on the experience of drawing in a relaxed and casual environment. Call or email the gallery for more info and to reserve your spot!

May

Drawing with Coffee: Perspective
Saturday, May 16, 2015  |  10 a.m.–12 p.m.
$15/person (includes materials and pastries)
Draw in a relaxed and casual environment while sipping coffee and eating pastries! This month the focus will be on using perspective to draw buildings in downtown Clifton Springs from the balcony at Main Street Arts.

Workshop: Stretching a Canvas
Saturday, May 23, 2015  |  1–3 p.m.
$25/person (includes materials)
Stretching a canvas is a basic skill that every artist should have! This workshop will teach you all you need to know about this valuable skill and you will leave with fresh canvases ready for painting.

June

Watercolor Workshops: $25 per session or $60 for all three (includes materials)

Workshop: Watercolor Basics
Saturday, June 13, 2015  |  1–3 p.m.
Learn the basics of watercolor painting, including how to choose and prepare your paper, the properties of watercolor paint, how to mix and layer colors, and more.

Workshop: Watercolor Still Life
Saturday, June 20, 2015  |  1–3 p.m.
Learn new watercolor techniques by painting a still life from direct observation. This workshop will focus on value ranges and textures.

Workshop: Plein Air Watercolor
Saturday, June 27, 2015  |  1–3 p.m.
In this workshop create plein air watercolor paintings in beautiful downtown Clifton Springs. Paint from buildings, foliage, and more.

July

Student Art Camp!
$15 per session or $50 for all four
Afternoon art sessions at Main Street Arts for students in grades 6–12. Projects will include portrait painting, drawing from life, and most importantly using your imagination!
Grades 6–8: July 7, 9, 14, 16, 1–3pm
Grades 9-12: July 21, 23, 28, 30, 1–3pm

Drawing with Coffee: Flowers and Plants
Saturday, July 18, 2015  |  10 a.m.–12 p.m.
$10/person (includes materials and pastries)
Draw in a relaxed and casual environment while sipping coffee and eating pastries! We will be drawing flowers for this month’s session in the garden across the street at Warfield’s.

Workshop: Bookbinding with Bradley Butler
Saturday, July 25, 2015  |  1–3 p.m.
Make your own sketch book or journal in this hands-on introduction to bookbinding. You will learn variations on the basic pamphlet stitch and leave with some small notebooks and a larger sketchbook or journal.

September

Drawing with Coffee
Saturday, September 19, 2015  |  10 a.m.–12 p.m.
$15/person (includes materials and pastries)

October

Drawing with Coffee
Saturday, October 17, 2015  |  10 a.m.–12 p.m.
$15/person (includes materials and pastries)

Workshop: Mask Making for Kids
Saturday, October 24, 2015  |  1–3 p.m.

November

Drawing with Coffee
Saturday, November 21, 2015  |  10 a.m.–12 p.m.
$15/person (includes materials and pastries)

December

Workshop: Decorating Paper with Bradley Butler
Saturday, December 19, 2015  |  1–3 p.m.
$25/person (includes materials)
Try your hand at designing your own decorative paper! In this two hour workshop you will use stamping and marbling techniques to make beautiful papers to use as gift wrapping or as works of art all on their own. Call or email the gallery to sign up. (please note that this is not a “paper-making” class, we will be decorating commercially made papers)

View our full list of events here: Events
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